Healthy snacks that are safe for diabetics include foods containing less than 5 grams of carbohydrates, such as 1/4 of a whole avocado, 2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds or 8 green olives, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetics can also snack on two saltine crackers or one hard-boiled egg.
Snacks with around 10 to 20 grams of carbohydrates include half of a turkey sandwich; five whole wheat crackers along with one piece of string cheese; two rice cakes and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter; or 1/4 cup of cottage cheese paired with 1/2 cup of canned or fresh fruit, states the American Diabetes Association. Diabetics may also eat snacks with approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates, such as one medium banana plus 1 tablespoon of peanut butter or 3/4 cup of whole grain cereal with 1/2 cup of fat-free milk.
People with diabetes must be aware of correct portion sizes before taking a snack and use measuring utensils if needed, the American Diabetes Association suggests. Those who apply carb counting should include the number of carbohydrates in their snacks into their overall meal plan.
Diabetics should opt for whole grains, vegetables and fruits instead of sugary, fatty or salty foods, advises the American Diabetes Association. It helps to plan ahead, stock up on healthy choices and avoid unnecessary snacking to avoid gaining weight.